Four students from the High School for Recording Arts (HSRA) won first place in the Say Word! 2013 Youth Poetry Festival on Saturday, April 6 at the Music Box Theatre in Minneapolis, MN.
The Minnesota Spoken Word Association and the Minneapolis Central Library hosted the annual event. Desean, Enjoli, Corey and Deontay, known as The Poetic Eclectics, represented HSRA and competed against five other high schools in the Twin Cities. The preliminary stages of the competition began at the Minneapolis Central Library before the contest moved to the Music Box Theatre. HSRA advisor Chadwick Phillips prepared the students for the festival.
“We only had two weeks to prepare because we signed up for it at the last minute,” Phillips said. “We practiced three days during our spring break and three days the week after. I was very proud of their effort, sacrifice, dedication and hard work.”
The other high schools competing in the festival were Washburn High School, Community Peace Academy, Perpich, Fair School and Brooklyn Center High School. HSRA student Desean enjoyed watching his competition.
“The other schools did amazing,” said Desean. “I really enjoyed their poems, they did great. Every poet was passionate and knew what they were talking about. They were talking about some real stuff through their poems, from relationships to women’s rights. It was great.”
Phillips was impressed by the amount of guests at the festival.
“There was a solid number of people who attended the event,” said Phillips. “The Twin Cities came out to support the festivities. It was great to see so many different people engaging in an event like that.”
HSRA wants to thank everyone that came out to support our young people during this competition!